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Chuck Daly Tribute
May 11, 2009

East Rutherford, N.J.Former Nets coach Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly, 78, died Saturday after battling pancreatic cancer. The legendary coach held a career regular-season record of 638-437 in 13 NBA seasons, twice leading the Nets to the NBA playoffs. Daly won two NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons (1989, 1990) and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. After leading the US "Dream Team" to Olympic Gold in 1992, Daly became the first coach to win both NBA and Olympic titles.

Chuck is certainly one of the top coaches in the history of the NBA, but more than that, he was a great guy, said Nets president Rod Thorn. He represented the teams he coached, himself and his family in the highest way possible -- whatever he did, wherever he was.

Arriving in New Jersey in 1992, as the 13th head coach in Nets franchise history, Daly offered the following statement at his introductory press conference:

I just wasnt ready to give up coaching. I really enjoy it. I enjoy the action every day; its a way of life. I dont know how I would act if I werent coaching.

Chuck DalyIt's a fitting sentiment for someone who spent 38 years coaching basketball. Here are some of the highlights of Daly's four-decade coaching career:

  • Inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994.

  • Olympic Gold Medal Coach, 1992
    • First to coach a team primarily composed of professional players.

  • Two-time NBA Champion Coach, Detroit Pistons, 1989, 1990

  • Won 638 games as an NBA coach (14 seasons) with Cleveland, Detroit, New Jersey and Orlando.

  • Finished his two-year Nets career (1992-94) with an 88-76 regular-season record.
    • He led the Nets to the playoffs both season, each time losing in the First Round, falling 3-2 against the Cavaliers in 1993, and 3-1 to the Knicks in 1994.
    • He retired in June 1994 to pursue a broadcasting career with both the Nets and TBS.

  • Won 151 games a Collegiate Coach in eight seasons at Boston College and Penn.

  • Won 111 games as a High School Coach (eight seasons) in Punxsautawney, Pa.

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